This afternoons activity with Daddy looked like lots of fun: they gathered sticks and the kiddies built their own pile of firewood for a camp fire. They then sat around the fire pit to test whose camp fire would flame up the best!

Isla created a very structured camp fire, logical and a pattern to where she placed her sticks. Noahs looked more sporadic but covered a wider area.

Neither camp fires took fire, it was quite windy. So the kiddies enjoyed a hot chocolate and marshmallow around their piles of sticks.

They had fun though and that’s the main thing. I’m loving all of these practical tasks they’re doing with Daddy.

I’ve been waiting, all day, for someone to tell me it’s all a dream and we are still going to Dubai. But, unfortunately, no one jumped out screaming April #fool and alas, we are still at home. I’m gutted.

Lots to look forward to though and right now it’s about focussing on our main objective: stay at home at all times, unless to buy essential food & walk the dogs! I have actually loved being at home everyday. It’s my favourite place.

#mummyphotoaday

This afternoons activity with Daddy...

“We are very excited to try out this new food from Forthglade, it smells woofing delicious” 🐾 Straight from the doggies mouth!

I am very excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for @forthglade. What does that mean? Well, I get to try out the products and tell you all how good they are and get special offers and discounts for my followers too!

It’s such a strange time with lockdown, however finding out about Forthglade couldn’t have come at a better time. When I went to get our usual dog foods in the supermarket it had all sold out. So, resorting to online orders seemed a very natural thing to do to ensure our furbabies are fed.

This food is a minimum of 75% meat or fish and is free from junk. With Snoopy, he has a tummy condition which means we have to be careful what he eats, it’s perfect. We will keep you posted on what they thought! 🐾 #gifted

“We are very excited to...

🌼 April is here and along with it comes another set of photo keywords for #MummyPhotoADay photo challenge.

We should have been flying to Dubai today, so my insta squares would have been very different to what they now will be. I’m expecting to see lots of Spring colours and stay at home families instead this month.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can comment and share my favourites throughout the month.

Does anyone have any creative stay at home plans for April?

🌼 April is here and...

My favourite pics from March #MummyPhotoADay - a massive thank you to everyone that took part. We have had a lot of new members this month and it’s been really hard picking my favourite 9! There are now over 4,000 photos to choose from.

All photos are tagged, but from left right:
📷 @cultivatingdelight
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @confessionsofacrummymummy
📷 @houseofbaughs
📷 @sahrazade
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @_lisaslife_
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @descendants_of_war

I’ve really loved seeing photos from @anywaytostayathome, @the_mummy_editorial, @freyalexandra, @becsbrewtifullife & @canonjacq.

All you have to do to join in is add #mummyphotoaday to your caption and the keyword of the day... I’m very excited to see what April has in store for us. Lots of fun “Stay at #Home” themed photos!

Thank you to everyone that joins in 📷

My favourite pics from March...

The kiddies had a lot of fun playing in the bath today. Swimming pools are closed, it’s too cold to get outside in a paddling pool so we put our swimming costumes on and pretended!

The kids had loads of fun making sparkly bath water and foaming soap shapes with @kidsstuffcrazy products. It’s amazing how fun products like this can keep the kiddies entertained for hours.

They literally played in the bath for an hour. The water had gone cold by the time they got out. It was the perfect indoor fun activity, especially as it was wet outside today.

If you’re homeschooling and self isolating with young children why not make a fun bath and invite the kids to make a mess with whatever you have in the bathroom! We also tried to make our own bubble bath using washing up liquid and #citrus juice - it wasn’t a nice smell 😂 the kiddies will try again in the week.

You can get the Magical Sparkle bubble bath and Foaming Soap from Kids Stuff Crazy at @superdrug - check out my review on the blog. #linkinbio

#mummyphotoaday 🧼

The kiddies had a lot...

Today has been a busy day, but nice and chilled at the same time. We let the kiddies have iPad and Xbox time this morning; our homeschool doesn’t give out homework! They built some cool stuff in Minecraft and worked together. Which was nice to see.

After lunch we took a longer walk than in the week, across the river. This is a walking route that is direct from our doorstep and took us 90 minutes in total, part of our one exercise a day under lockdown rules. It was nice to get some fresh air and just talk about whatever comes into our heads. We spoke about a lot of random things. 7 & 9 year olds do come out with some funny comments. Noahs favourites are “would you rathers”. We got home and Daddy made a delicious roast dinner and I did a deep #clean in the bathroom. Then had a long hot bath!

No rush for any of these things as we seemingly have about 12 weeks of working at home and possibly months of homeschooling. I just hope we can have family over soon as we miss them all.

#mummyphotoaday

Today has been a busy...

I am running a day behind 🤦🏼‍♀️ I keep falling asleep and not posting my photos. I’ll catch up today... This is #fresh. Getting out in the fresh air has been a complete dream over the past week. When you’re told you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it more. Like when Hubby said we have to be careful about the food we eat, I wanted to eat it all!

This photo was the kiddies playing football with Daddy whilst I walked with them with the doggies. It’s something that’s becoming a habit after we finish homeschooling.

It’s a shame as Daddy normal gets out all of the time. On a typical Sunday he’ll go out for a 3 hour bike ride in the mornings. Possibly go swimming with the kids too. Walk the dogs with us later in the afternoon. I think this “1 exercise” rule will be effecting him more than anyone else I know. It’s also makes family decisions hard, if Daddy goes out on his bike he can’t walk with us. It’s very necessary with the lockdown rules. 
Just think how much we’ll all appreciate a long bike ride and driving to the beach for the day when all of this is over.

#mummyphotoaday

I am running a day...

Until tomorrow...

Until tomorrow...

How to feed a large family on a budget

It’s no secret that the cost of living is forever on the increase. And, with wages stagnating, many parents are struggling to feed their families a healthy, balanced diet. It’s all too easy to invest in fries, pasta and rice and feed these to your family day in, day out. However, if you take the time to prepare your meals in advance, shop at discount stores, and are willing to cook meals from scratch, there is no reason why you cannot feed a large family healthy meals on a budget. In this article, we’re going to provide you with a list of tips to follow that will help you do just that.

Go Back to Basics

The first thing that you want to do is go back to basics. This means no longer buying pre-chopped onion and garlic from the store, or only buying brand name products. It is much cheaper to buy whole vegetables and cut them yourself at home. And, you’ll find that store brands are often not much different in taste to the premium brands you pay up to five times as much for.

To get started, have a look in your pantry and see how many things you could make instead of buy. If you’re regularly spending $20 a week on cakes and cookies, could you make these yourself to save money? What about things like cheese dips, guacamole, and coleslaw? Could you make those yourself? It is incredibly convenient to pick these things up from the store, but this convenience comes with a high price.

You could set aside one day a week where you make a lot of the foods you usually buy pre-packaged. And, better yet, it’s likely your kids will love getting involved in the food preparation too – especially if they’re allowed to taste what they’re making along the way!

Plan Your Meals

One thing that you should never do when grocery shopping is visit the store without a list. When you do this, you will end up adding anything and everything to your trolley, and will return home with a lot of foods that you didn’t need, as well as foods that aren’t suitable for meals. You’ll also probably end up buying a lot of expensive ready meals that you could have made yourself.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So, before you head out to the store, write a list of the meals you will cook for your family during the week. Once you have this list, check your pantry and the freezer to see which items you already have. Then, and only then, write a list of the items you need to purchase. Make sure to also include plans for breakfast and lunch, and also a few snack ideas for the kids as well. Once you know what you need, and how much, you can shop around for the best offers.

If, when you are shopping, you do see something on offer that can be made into a meal, don’t feel like you can’t purchase it. It’s wise to be slightly flexible with your list, while not going overboard. Some families choose to plan meals for six nights and then pick up a pizza for the seventh night. This is fine as well if it works within your budget.

Don’t Be Afraid of Frozen Foods

A lot of moms think that in order to feed their kids a healthy diet, they need to spend a lot of money on fresh foods. Not only are fresh foods expensive, but they usually end up getting thrown away before they can be fully used. When shopping on a budget, don’t be afraid of frozen foods. Frozen meat, frozen fish, and frozen veg can all be included in your family’s meal plan, and they’re often much cheaper than their fresh alternatives. Most frozen foods also contain the same nutritional value as their fresh counterparts, and their longer shelf life makes them well worth investing in.

If you do happen to see any in-season, fresh food that is available on a deal, don’t be afraid to buy a lot of it to freeze. Again, most meats, fish, and vegetables can be frozen to be eaten later on.

Bulk Buy

We know you’re looking for ways to lower your grocery bill, and bulk buying seems expensive, however in the long run it can save you a lot of money. There are a lot of items that your family eats that has a long shelf life. This can include things like rice and pasta, as well as things like potatoes and flour. Instead of buying small packs of these each week, it can be much more cost effective to invest in catering size packs. So long as you store them correctly, these foods should last for months, saving you cash along the way.

Use Bulking Ingredients

A lot of parents think it’s expensive to make homemade meals. Take the standard lasagna, for example. If you’re purely using beef mince in your recipe, you could end up paying as much as $10 just for the mince to feed a family of four. One way to lower the cost of these recipes is to use bulking ingredients. Again, following on from the lasagna example, instead of using $10 of mince in your recipe, cut this down to $3. In order to bulk out the dish, you can add finely chopped vegetables or lentils. Veg like onions and celery will help to add some extra taste to the meal, while lentils can’t be tasted once cooked, however they do help to soak up a lot of the great, juicy flavors. Lentils are also high in protein, making them a top choice for growing kids. They can also be purchased in bulk.

Hopefully this guide has shown you that it is possible to feed a large family on a budget. If you can think of any additional advice, please let us know in the comments.

Dinner top view image by ShutterStock. 

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1 Comment
  • Lysa Raylee
    November 12, 2018

    Hi there!
    Very good tips especially in case you have at least two kids. Frozen fish is a health solution for dinner, I often cook that 2-3 times per week for my family.
    However you have to dedicate lot of time to planning the shopping list and all the meals and so on.
    Nice post!

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